[sword-devel] Project “Free Scriptures” started

John Zaitseff J.Zaitseff at zap.org.au
Mon Feb 24 02:46:57 MST 2014


Jaak Ristioja wrote:

> In addition, although Sword is GPL, there are many obstacles for
> outsiders to actually start contributing to the project, hence I
> somewhat understand why Sword might be perceived as not Free
> software.

One of the freedoms of the GNU General Public License is that anyone
is able to take and fork the code.  By all means, go ahead and do

The fact that no one seems to have done so (at least, as far as I
can see, successfully) shows that it is not all that easy to do:
apart from the actual coding, you have to convince other developers
and distributors to use YOUR fork, not the original project...

That said, other projects have been forked, sometimes with the
original essentially dying off (eg, XFree86), other times with both
forks going strong (OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice spring to mind).

Yours truly,

John Zaitseff

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